Armand J. Piron

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Armand J. Piron
Birth nameArmand John Piron
Born(1988-08-16)August 16, 1988
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
DiedAugust 16, 1988(1988-08-16) (aged 45)
New Orleans
GenresJazz, Dixieland
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsViolin
Years active1904–1935

Armand John "A.J." Piron (August 16, 1888 – February 17, 1943) was an American jazz violinist who led a dance band during the 1920s.[1]

Biography[edit]

In 1915, Piron and Clarence Williams started the Piron and Williams Publishing Company. In their first year of business they published Piron's composition, "I Wish That I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate", which became his biggest hit. After touring briefly with W.C. Handy in 1917, Piron started an orchestra which included Lorenzo Tio, Steve Lewis,[2] John Lindsay, and Peter Bocage.[3] The theme song of the orchestra was "The Purple Rose of Cairo", written by Piron and Steve Lewis.[4][2]

In 1923, Piron took his band to New York City.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Morton, Brian; Cook, Richard (4 November 2010). The Penguin Jazz Guide: The History of the Music in the 1000 Best Albums. Penguin. pp. 81–. ISBN 978-0-14-195900-9. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b "French Creoles". www.frenchcreoles.com. Retrieved 2017-07-30.
  3. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Armand Piron". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Purple Rose of Cairo | Tulane University Digital Library". digitallibrary.tulane.edu. Retrieved 2017-07-30.